AJR Neotheater: An album to remember

AJR released their first album in 2010. As time has gone on they've only made it bigger and bigger, releasing almost over three songs per album that are single hits!

AJR released their first album in 2010. As time has gone on they've only made it bigger and bigger, releasing almost over three songs per album that are single hits!

Celeste Pearisaeff, Staff Reporter

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AJR is a band who has, since their beginning, created albums and songs discussing real and even relatable lyrics for teens and adults. Most of their tracks keep up a positive vibe while the lyrics hold deeper meanings and exceptional randomness. Recently, on April 26, 2019, the band released the new album Neotheater, a bundle of tracks that are said to discuss “a coming of age tale.” It was released after a trailer was posted on Youtube on March 10 and in just a matter of a week or so, Neotheater debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200—making it AJR’s highest-peaking since their start.

In the album, there are 12 tracks: “Next Up Forever”, “Birthday Party”, “100 Bad Days”, “Don’t Throw Out My Legos”, “Break My Face”, “Turning Out Pt. II”, “The Entertainment’s Here”, “Karma”, “Beats”, “Wow, I’m Not Crazy”, “Dear Winter” and “Finale (Can’t Wait to See What You Do Next.” Despite the upbeat beats, most of the songs in the album touch on anxiety, naivete and searching for integrity. AJR’s third studio album has already been reviewed by Rolling Stone and, according to Google thumbs up or downs, 99 percent like this album.

Currently, AJR is one tour throughout our country, and are leaving to visit a few foreign countries as well. Their next/current destination is Concord, N.C., on May 18. They’re due to hit Seattle, Wash., on September 30 at the Paramount Theater.

Overall, from all of the brought up anticipation and excitement, Neotheater met a lot of standards. Every song is different while holding the theme and the same sort of beat. Part two to “Turning Out” was a welcomed surprise, bringing about many emotions in the hearts of those who listened and enjoyed. One of the best parts of AJR is how relatable and real they seem to get with each of their pieces. This one especially probably hit GenZ [and all others] hard, as it brought up moving on (“Don’t Throw Out My Legos”), the hardships (“100 Bad Days” and “Karma”) and the possibilities and chances for bright futures as you learn from your own mistakes (“Dear Winter”). Definitely, an album to recommend to friends and even family members. Enjoy some AJR, a band with multiple albums to remember!